Post #14 – Proposed APS Rate Increase to Affect Monthly Energy Bills for All Arizona APS Residential Homeowners

Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable and it’s important for you to be aware that our utility company, APS, is planning to raise your electricity rates – big time!

Arizona Public Service (APS) has submitted a proposed rate increase to the Arizona Corporate Commission,  which will impose a mandatory demand charge on their customer’s energy consumption during the On-Peak hours of 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The 12 News channel reports that this would mean an increase in costs to your monthly bill by approximately 8% and cut in credit for solar homeowners sending power to the grid with the Net Metering plan. (Check out the following article for more details, APS seeks 8 percent rate hike, huge cut in ‘solar subsidy’).

Based on the APS 2016 Rate Review Executive Summary (page 23-24, 27), APS would allow solar homeowners to remain on the present net energy-metering program and be “grandfathered” into the current rate plans if key actions occur by a certain date.

If the proposed APS rate change is approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission as written, it is important to note that all APS customers will  be assigned to one of the four different rate options outlined in the blue and white chart below.

  • Non-solar customers may select one of the first three rate plans. Most will select the R1 or R2 rate.
  • Existing solar customers can stay on their existing rate plan, for a maximum of 20 years after the date of their connection to the APS grid.
  • Future solar customers, who complete their Interconnection Application before the proposed July 1, 2017 Grandfathering Date AND whose system was installed and connected to the APS grid by Dec 31, 2017, can stay on the existing rate plan they had chosen for a maximum of 20 years after the date of their connection to the APS grid.
  • Future solar customers, who complete their Interconnection Application after the proposed July 1, 2017 Grandfathering Date will be assigned to the R-3 rate plan, no matter when their system is installed and connected to the APS grid.

If you’re considering installing solar, it’s crucial to:

  1. have an Interconnection application filed on the APS website by July 1, 2017; and,
  2. have the solar installation completed within 180 days of that application date (Dec 31, 2017).

Black Platinum Solar & Electric custom designs and installs residential photovoltaic systems. Call 623-434-3340 today for a free estimate on a PV system.


Gracias, Merci, Grazie!

by Aimee on September 3, 2016

Post #13 – Gracias, Merci, Grazie!

We are so grateful for your continued business and support in helping to make Black Platinum Solar & Electric a success! We must admit, it’s pretty cool to love what you do and have others appreciate it too.

Our focus from Day 1 has always been customer satisfaction and we are very excited to be listed as #14 out of 100 on on SolarReviews Top 100 American Residential Solar Contractors of 2016. These results are based only on the 2016 reviews received by in the last twelve months.

Also we are ranked #1 on the Solar Reviews  Top 20 Residential Solar Contractors in Arizona for 2016.



It’s Time for a Little Praise…

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Post #12 – It’s Time for a Little Praise… Solar customers have the option to post unsolicited reviews on the website. We want to thank all of our customers who have provided feedback on their experience with Black Platinum Solar & Electric. In 2015, we were honored with a listing on the Solar Reviews [...]

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Enphase Beats the Heat in Valley of the Sun

March 29, 2014

Post #11 – Enphase Beats the Heat in Valley of the Sun: Is it spring already?! As we head into spring and towards the summer months it’s essential to start thinking about efficient and reliable ways to stay cool. Black Platinum Solar & Electric (BPSE) only installs Microinverter technology manufactured by Enphase Energy. “I have found [...]

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Important information about net metering reform decision

November 19, 2013

Post #10 - What APS residential customers need to know about the Arizona Corporation Commission net metering reform decision: Current rooftop solar customers are not affected. They are grandfathered under current net metering rules for 20 years, regardless if home ownership changes. Customers who submit a signed contract with a solar installer and an interconnection application [...]

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Financing Options for Residential Solar Systems…Choices

January 26, 2013

Post #9 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Solar Financing – Toni and John Black Are you ready to join the growing number of homeowners throughout the state of Arizona who are enjoying the benefits of solar energy? Well, congratulations! And we’re speaking not as the solar installers Black Platinum Solar & Electric but as [...]

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The Straight Scoop on APS Incentives for Homeowners…IMPORTANT UPDATE 9/7/11: $1/Watt Incentives for the Rest of 2011

September 7, 2011

Post #5 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Solar for Arizona – Toni and John Black Solar is alive and well in our Valley of the Sun. And the proof is in how quickly homeowners have signed up for APS’ Standard Incentive program dollars…and even at the lower rate of $1.45 per watt. The money [...]

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Solar Highways

July 29, 2011

Post #7 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Innovative Technology – Toni and John Black Now here’s a story that definitely belongs in the “Gee, Why Didn’t I Think Of That” category. It’s the project to replace our asphalt highways (circa 1950s technology) with something befitting the 21st century. It’s the glass road…or more accurately, [...]

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SRP Has Incentives Available for Residential Solar Installations

July 20, 2011

Post #6 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Solar for Arizona – Toni and John Black At Black Platinum Solar, we keep you up to date with the latest information on residential incentive programs from electric utility companies in our area. If you’re a Salt River Project (SRP) customer, here’s what is currently available through [...]

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What Can I Do to Be Energy Efficient in Arizona? Part 3

July 15, 2011

Post #4 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Solar Tips – Toni and John Black I want to conclude my series of posts on energy efficiency with a big way to save. At Black Platinum Solar & Electric we think this may be one of the most overlooked issues in energy efficiency because it’s less [...]

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